Pensioners to be charged for travel
As from the 1st February 2020 pensioners in the Greater Manchester area will have to pay an annual fee of £10 for tram and train travel. (Currently free)
Bus travel will still be free of charge.
There goes my £10 Christmas bonus!
Started: 20th Dec 2019 at 13:44
From 1 February 2020, you’ll need to pay £10 a year to add tram and train to your pass
If you have a TfGM-issued pension-age concessionary pass or a Women’s Concessionary Travel pass, to continue to benefit from unlimited off-peak travel on trams and trains in Greater Manchester after 1 February 2020, you will need to pay an annual £10 fee.
There is no change to free, off-peak bus travel across England and, if you only use buses, you can choose not to pay to add tram and train.
How to add tram and train to your pass
The new scheme starts 1 February, but you’ll be able to pay early from 5 January 2020, to make sure you’re ready. If you pay early, you will be covered for one year from 1 February 2020. After 1 February, you’ll be covered for a full year from the date you pay:
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 14:32
No complaints about paying £10 for tram and train. I used both of these frequently.
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 14:56
Will a new card be issued proving payment has been made? What happens if someone is unaware of the charge?
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 14:59
I will also pay it, after 2 trips to bowton, its paid for itsself but, its the thin end of the wedge next year it will rise I think bloody torys,,
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 15:06
Could be one of Andy Burnhams ideas.
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 16:11
The plan is set to be approved at a council meeting on Friday.
The smell of Burham permeates strongly.
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 16:27
Burnham gave FREE bus passes to 16-18 yr olds and he wants to re regulate the bus companies at what cost to the ratepayers on his preceptAlready talk of putting at least £15 onto his precept just to cover the bus passes
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 18:44
A man of the people alright!
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 18:47
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this is just the 1st step . your bus passes will be next.
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 22:39
bloody tory that burnham fellow.
Replied: 20th Dec 2019 at 22:43
Just read an E-mail My Wife will not have to pay the £10 fee because she has a disability conn pass.Would not bother her anyway she has never used the trams and has used the train once each way to Manchester to get her pass in the last 5years
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 06:42
Last edited by PeterP: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:00:16
bus passes will get privatised & you will have to pay for your pass just like the blue badge .it,s comming faster that a speeding bullet .
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 11:05
I want to know how it will be checked during train travel. Up to now the inspector merely glances at the pass proffered, so if no new card is issued how will it be proven that the new supplement has been paid?
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 11:28
I live a mile and a half from Wigan, Whupsy lives in Liverpool, this is how the price as increased since 1986 for a single journey to Wigan.
1986 - 25p
1989 - 35p
1996 - 55p
1997 - 65p
2003 - £1.50
2005 - £2.00
2010 - £3.50
2016 - £3.00
I have not caught a bus since 2016 and when Stagecoach took over the service, they put the fare down to £3.00 and I have not a cloo what the fare is now, but from that you can see why folk are not catching buses anymore, they are using taxis instead.
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 11:50
Don't forget, not ALL pensioners are poor like me, Some who worked for the police, NHS, Fire service and big companies get a company pension as well as state pension, These lucky pensioners won't miss a tenner a year but us who are knocking on the door of the food banks will have to use the bike more,
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 11:55
Tommy 2 strokes, NO ONE buys a single ticket, the bus company offers deals like a ' day saver' you buy a £4.20 ticket and ride all day in Greater Manchester, there are also weekly and yearly savers, so buses can work out cheaper than taxis , Taxis work out cheaper if you're sharing the cost with 4 mates though.
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:00
Tomplum I buy a single ticket both ways when I go for a pintA day saver would cost me £4-50 but 2xsingle at night costs 2x £2Stagecoach charge £2 single after 7-00 pm no matter how many stops you use on that route, if you are changing buses or using them more than once in a day then it pays you to get a day saver
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:09
Last edited by PeterP: 23rd Dec 2019 at 14:41:06
Thank you Peter, I stand corrected,
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:17
It used to be cheaper when there were four of you, then that went to three of you and then two of you, in 2010 Pemberton Taxis were charging £3.70 to the GPO at the top of Wallgate, as opposed to £3.50 on the bus, and as regards saver tickets, it depends on what you are doing, not everyone does the return leg on the bus, for example they get loaded up with shopping in Wigan and get a taxi home, after going to Wigan on the bus, a lot of people do that, but going back to the years I have mentioned, those were years that I spent time during those years using buses.
I have said this before, which is that in 1986 when the old taxi rank was in place on King Street West, which was when the taxis reversed up to the top of it, which was next to Wallgate Station, which was actually the bottom of the rank, and they did that so that they could turn right and go up past the old Princes Cinema, and then they could go up or down Wallgate, and technically the taxi drivers were using that rank in an illegal way, but that taxi rank went when the bus station opened in 1987 and the fare from that rank, which included a trip past the Princes was £1.50 and the bus fare was 25p and by 2010 the rank fare was about a fiver from Wallgate and the bus fare was £3.50 and as I said Pem Taxis were doing it for £3.70 and since 2011 the rank taxi rate as increased by 20p a journey.
And when the mega increases in bus fares came in, Labour were in power
So put that in your pipe Whupsy and smook it
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:20
I enjoy my bus pass on rainy days when I don't use my bike, and I don't care where the bus is going
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:26
TTS now £3-50 single to Wigan
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:35
Thank you Peter
So when the Tories got back into power in 2010 that is when the massive increases in bus fares stopped
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:42
Do they not have Keys Please where your son lives? With that you go out in the car and if you have one over the odds they come to collect you and drive you home in your own car. They have a pilot vehicle at the back to collect the driver from your home. More expensive than a cab but cheaper than one both ways. Car in the garage the morning after.
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 12:48
I've never heard him speak of it, I,ll ask him next time I facetime him,
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 13:01
Does whups realise Burnham is a 'socialist' (who sells NHS Hospitals) Mayor. THe charge is HIS decision?
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 13:06
Everything has to be decided in Parliament. From there it's in the hands of the Cabinet Office.
Burnham is in charge of administering what the Cabinet Office tell him to administer.
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 13:50
Are you telling us that Parliament discuss such trivia as bus fares for every town and city in the UK? Then it goes down to someone in the cabinet office. A lot of trouble for 20p a week in this case.
Replied: 21st Dec 2019 at 14:24
yes i do firefox & commented on it several times on other blogs.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 14:30
Strangely, never a mention of the socialist selling MHS to private industry. CVMake comment on that, and remind all of your tax bill per month.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 15:15
you forget that blair came from a tory background & burnham was his buddy.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 15:18
I don't forget at all. Labour when it suits. You, not them, they were never labour.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 16:16
Broady asked me, "Are you telling us that Parliament discuss such trivia as bus fares for every town and city in the UK"?
Everything they discuss concerns every town and city in the UK, because the UK Parliament and the UK Government covers the whole of the UK. Even Greater Manchester. Which includes Wigan. And, after they've discussed them, they include them in a Transport Act as a minimum statutory concession.
Then they write it down on a piece of paper and give it to the Government, who then send it to all their departments as a guidance.
Local Authorities may, if they wish, offer more to the base concession, but not less.
Replied: 24th Dec 2019 at 18:00
burnhim the filthy tory,the money will be used for something even more stupid.
Replied: 26th Dec 2019 at 13:22
Personally I don't have a pensioner's travel pass as I have disabled person pass, and you can't hold two at the same time. Plus I understand the £10 tram, train addition doesn't apply to disabled passes. But I do agree with my wife when she says it's a slippery slope for the future. She won't pay the additional £10 as she rarely uses the train, or trams. Isn't it supposed to help to pay for free travel for 16-18 year olds? Being selfish, I'm not looking forward to even more noisy foulmouthed youngsters spoiling journeys. Because I always respected my fellow travellers at that age. I was a good lad I was!
Replied: 28th Dec 2019 at 14:01
Why can the 16-18 olds not pay £10 for their Free bus pass
Replied: 28th Dec 2019 at 14:47
310 is still a good deal ifyou can travel to Machester or Liverpool. Down here in PLymouth we get no free train travel and pay normal prices. Only bus travel is free.
Replied: 29th Dec 2019 at 08:50
Kathpressy announced, "Down here in Plymouth we get no free train travel and pay normal prices".
However, Plymouth is in the UK so you have the
Senior Railcard like everywhere else in the UK has.
Replied: 29th Dec 2019 at 11:59
The £10 fee is only for travel in the Greater Manchester area.
Liverpool is outside the GM area.
Replied: 29th Dec 2019 at 12:45
Th'act sez :-
Concessionary travel permits
Section 1(4) of the Act provides that local authorities in England which are Transport Concession Authorities must issue a travel permit (bus pass) free of charge to those people eligible for the statutory concession whose sole or principal residence is in the
Replied: 29th Dec 2019 at 13:11
the 16/18 year old free travel is all about the labour conspiracy to get the 16/18 old's to vote for them if they can ever get into power.bribe them young,left wing teachers instilling left wing propaganda into tiny minds.the thinking, get em young and they will always vote labour.
Replied: 29th Dec 2019 at 14:14
tonker I include Senior Railcard in Normal pricing. They cost money too and although you get a discount it's not much use for a one off day trip. I get free bus travel and that's all. I'd happily pay £10 for free rail travel fr the year
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 08:53
BB Most 16/18 year olds don't know the name of our queen, let alone the political persuasion of those who granted them the bus passes.
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 13:04
Oh they do, their teachers/tutors/.social media are hammering into them. No political bias though!
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 13:47
So what are you saying? That teachers and tutors are brainwashing pupils and students. Absolute nonsense.
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 15:03
As for social media. Who knows which way the wind blows with them 🙄
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 15:07
they might not know the queen's name jath ,but they will know about jeremy.
free bus passes ,free tuition fees,etc,etc.that they will know about.
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 15:40
I won't hold my breath for the results of the next general election. Labour have a loooong way to go.
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 15:51
If Labour make the wrong choice for leader and don’t get the party structure to reflect a centre left position then the 2024 election will probably be out of reach.
In such an event at the end of the 2024 government it will be 55 years since anybody other than Tony Blair won an election for the Labour party.
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 16:28
If you take thatcher out of the equation then the tories have not fared much better regarding individual election winners Major & Heath? Can't class Cameron as one as he had to share with Nick Clegg
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 18:32
There have been 31 elections since the first Labour manifesto, Labour have won a working majority five times.
They have had 33 years in office, 13 of them due to Tony Blair.
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 18:53
I thought they'd only had 23 years in office?
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 20:03
thatcher had almost 12 years in office.
So there is not much difference between Labour and the tories as it stands, Gaffer?
Replied: 31st Dec 2019 at 20:08
How much would a taxy cost me from Ashton in makerfield to TLC in Wigan ?
Replied: 1st Jan 2020 at 11:28
Replied: 1st Jan 2020 at 12:14
Nephro phone up and ask
Replied: 1st Jan 2020 at 12:14
the difference ballcock is this ,tony blair inherited a good sound economy and thirteen years later left it in tatters.the tories picking up the pieces has did mrs thatcher in 1979 after jim callaghan,although to be fair to callaghan, not has bad as gordon brown attempts at prosperity.
Replied: 1st Jan 2020 at 18:03
You are talking nonsense as per usual!
If the economy was that good which Blair "inherited" he wouldn't have got voted in, in the first place!
As for the tories they have had almost 10 years to mop up the economy and they are still failing.
If it was not for Breakit ( and they still cant sort a simple thing like that out ) they would be struggling even more than they are now to gain the publics trust.
Replied: 1st Jan 2020 at 19:23
S n B.
Replied: 2nd Jan 2020 at 18:13
salmo nad ballcock you dont have get carried away when your flushed.facts and figures dont seem to impress you,your not whups's son are you.never let the truth get in the way of your propaganda.
Replied: 2nd Jan 2020 at 18:57
I paid my £10 this morning at Wigan bus station so that's me sorted for tram and train for 12 months.
The leaflet states that if you pay your £10 on line you will need to touch in with your pass at a Metrolink smart reader within 14 days.
If you don't have a valid pass you risk a penalty or standard fare.
Replied: 13th Jan 2020 at 14:52
I also paid mine as well today, its easy, just hand over your tenner and 5 seconds later, you're done,
Replied: 13th Jan 2020 at 19:52
Worth every penny but is this the thin edge of the wedge.How long before they start charging for the bus pass.
Replied: 13th Jan 2020 at 20:15
Did mine online & received in post
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 07:29
nj....do you now have to find the nearest Metrolink smart reader to swipe. What exactly did you receive in the post?
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 07:50
Anne I've just received the travel Get me there card but no mention of going to Metrolink
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 09:25
I'm now confused. I looked at tfgm and thought I would do it on line through Get Me there as an easy option. However looking at Get me there web site it mentions if the tram/train supplement has been paid the card needs to be activated by touching/scan at a metrolink tram stop within fourteen days. Think that is how it reads, that is why I asked what you had received.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 09:44
Anne I've just rang & spoken to a man who says I have to go to Eccles to validate the card before 1st February,I'd no idea about this & I can't get to Eccles
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 10:23
Apparently some PayPoint shops will be able to add the supplement to the ordinary bus pass from 20th January.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 10:27
Thanks Anne I'll look into it
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 10:33
Remember, that the £10 charge does not apply to concessionary passes for disabled people.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 11:13
you will be paying for your bus pass quicker than you know . this is just the tip of the iceberg . but that,s what you wanted when you voted them in.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 12:36
You are right again whups .
This is just the tip of the iceberg .
Just wait until Doris really gets stuck into workers rights ,sick pay ,statuary paid holidays etc etc .
Then listen to the crying from the very people who voted Tory .
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 15:09
I believe this is part of Andy Burnham's idea for Greater Manchester Transport joined up thinking. The £10s are to go towards paying for free travel for 16-18 year olds. All well and good, but has like as what has already been said
on here, things like this are usually the start of a slippery slope.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 18:38
was it boris or burnham who introduced this payment whupsy.
just in case you get the wrong answer once again it 's the scouser burnham exiled in manchester.former labour stalwart.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 20:08
You are right again Baker Boy.
Replied: 14th Jan 2020 at 20:38
i dont give a s..t who introduced it . i know this bus pass is coming faster than a speeding bullet & will be privatised just like the blue badge . you have been warned.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 00:04
Well IF that is the case you have to pay it. If you aren’t bothered who introduced it why the comment about voting them in?
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 04:10
It was brought in by council leaders in Manchester. Andy Burnham didn't like the idea and called it a stealth tax but went along with it to for pensioners to come into parity with the 16/18 year old bus passes and to raise money for the new bus system.
A bit double talk from Burnham but nothing new there.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 10:29
why do you bother broady . you dont live here & your posts are invalid.it,s us who tough it out who have to suffer it so keep your big nose out of our problems as there not welcome.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 11:46
Don't know why you bother Whups you only spout crap on every post you do. What are you actually doing about all the problems you say that are impacting on your life?
Besides crying on here?
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 12:01
He’s not working and that’s for sure. Moaning and griping all day long. It isn’t compulsory to use buses. All the things he moans about haven’t even happened except in his own mind. Can’t accept that his party were trounced a few weeks ago. His ideas went out with the dinosaur.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 12:09
I think why he has all this time on his hands he should get up a 'Battle Bus' and take it to Downing Street and put them right.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 12:15
What does me with bus passes is that depending where you live you can have one from 60 yrs age in one area and in another it could be your pensionable age at 66.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 14:08
your exactly the same & you back people who are racists just because they have a pop at me . you shud be ashamed of yourself for doing that & i,m right when i say your not here anymore & dont have to put up with what we have to .do us all a favour & go and crawl into a corner of your log cabin & go to sleep.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 14:34
What exactly are you putting up with? All I see are your inane posts and you trying to stop freedom of speech of someone who chooses to live in another country.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 14:40
your a typical example of what i,m putting up with.he doesnt live here anymore & yet puts comments on that doesnt affect him , yet we have to. so he shud keep his nose out of our business because after all that,s why he left isnt it ? .
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 14:53
Whups, I am a member in here and have been for many years. I will comment on anything I want to. If you don’t like it then lump it. Three questions for you. If you answer yes to any I will put you on ignore.
Are you paying for prescriptions at present?
Do you pay for your bus pass?
Do you pay for medical/ hospital treatments?
These are the things you prattle on about day after day.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 15:17
Just read your earlier comment about log cabin. What an ignorant moron you are. Go and check if your latest giro has arrived.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 15:21
yes we do because the torys changed the law & cant get creams or dental products which you have to buy over the counter.upto gordon brown changing the law on bus passes in england i did have to pay a fee every time i went out of my boundry .and giro what a laugh & it shows just how far your out of touch because they hav,nt paid a giro in over 10yrs. go & crawl under a stone & get your racist friends to back you up . and i dont give a s..t if i,m on ignore where your concerned moron.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 15:31
Racist friends. I have no time to debate with a moron like you. I will put you on ignore myself but before I do may I ask you to seek help. Your attitude to the world and people that don't share your " unusual" views is pathetic. Happy Easter.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 15:36
not a happy anything from me . your attitude to anything is broady 1st & to hell with anyone else .the only moron is you who looks for friends who take a pop at me & back them up . there,s umpteen of your back ups on here with some of the biggest racists on this site . like iv,e said go & crawl back under your stone & hide.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 15:41
Why don'yt you put yur detractors on ignore, whoops?
Then only Grimshaw will reply and you can get that warm feeling in your belly.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 16:25
Why dont you crawl back under the stone twonk.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 18:30
grim and whups should be a stage double act only no one would think their funny.
broady has a right to free speech, who do you think you two are black shirts.two nasties or similar sounding.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 20:36
your a gud un talking about "free speech " when all you want is to suppress imigrants & send them back . talk about people living in glass houses.
Replied: 15th Jan 2020 at 22:47
10 out of ten there whups for showing just how ignorant you are, you read peoples posts wrong then blame them for putting you right. Stop whinging and crying about all and sundry and post something with credibility and stop commenting about how the USA is run you don't live there and they don't affect you it's not your business.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 07:19
i dont care how the usa is run but let me ask you woodsy when did you last go to the usa ? .it affects me when our PM ( trumps puppet)is trying to make this country like a little america that is my business & everyone else in our country.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 11:46
Last edited by whups: 16th Jan 2020 at 16:49:36
I don't know who Walshy is.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 14:12
Ok everyone I've got the correct information regarding the train pass....if you go to the ticket office at the bus station with your bus pass you don't need to swipe your card at Metrolink,applying online you need to swipe.So I've just paid another £10 & going to apply for a refund for first £10
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 14:22
Thanks Nana. Will do mine Next Week.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 16:55
I'm a bit confused, which is not unusual for me, but I was told if you pay on line you then have 14 days when you need to swipe your pass at any tram stop to verify you've paid, and then use your pass on journeys as others do. But I know if you hold a disabled pass, you didn't need to pay the £10 charge. Well so I was told? But I'm checking this.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 17:31
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whups you are telling porkies again ,when did i want to send immigrants back.
my only reference i can remember posting is that the million and a quarter or so britain's who are claiming dole should be given jobs first before looking to immigration to fill the posts.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 19:17
Dave go to the bus station & they'll confirm everything you need to know
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 19:34
nanjacqui, will do, let's hope the rest of Andy Burnham's brilliant joined up transport innovations are tad easier to get to grips with.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 19:59
Reading from the TFGM leaflet it states.....
The £10 charge DOES NOT apply to concessionary passes for disabled people.
Replied: 16th Jan 2020 at 21:21
Just a reminder that the deadline for paying is this Saturday 1st February 2020.
Replied: 28th Jan 2020 at 20:07
I don't think there is a "deadline" as such. Payment can be made at any date and that is the date the twelve months will run from. The only ting to remember is if the supplement has not been added then full fare will be charged if travel is taken after 1st Feb. I did mine yesterday at a PayPoint shop on Winstanley shopping precinct. That is on train/tram.
Replied: 28th Jan 2020 at 21:27
Last edited by Anne: 28th Jan 2020 at 21:39:42
Did mine on the bus station.
Certainly worth the £10.00 to me. I use trains and trams a lot.
Replied: 29th Jan 2020 at 07:53
We had a ride out to Morrisons at Eccles and validated our bus passes at the tramstop 20 yards away.
Replied: 29th Jan 2020 at 09:25
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Dat Ting !
Replied: 29th Jan 2020 at 11:42